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newsrel -- More Measures for Valley to Meet Ozone Standard Posted: 15 Nov 2007 17:04:52
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release announcing the board's action to address ozone in the San Joaquin Valley. You can read the release online here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr1115b07.htm . Thank You Dimitri Stanich ARB/PIO _________________________________________________________________ Release 07-54 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2007 Patricia Rey (916)322-2990 www.arb.ca.gov ARB calls for more measures to meet Valley ozone standard sooner SACRAMENTO: The Air Resources Board today approved a staff report endorsing the effectiveness of the San Joaquin Air District's regulatory programs while at the same time making a number of recommendations aimed at reaching the federal ozone deadline by 2017. Specifically, the Board recommended the following measures: * Continue to pursue the goal of attaining the federal eight hour ozone standard by 2017. * Request the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to revisit cost effectiveness thresholds for technologies being considered for reducing ozone levels for new sources. * Urge Valley cities and counties to incorporate air quality considerations into their development projects. * Work with other state agencies to help ensure that environmentally sustainable projects receive prioritization for state funds such as Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) dollars. * Provide staff members to serve on the local air district task force that has been created to accelerate up air quality improvements in the Valley. * Work with staff to report back to the Board in six months on progress made to reach the 2017 deadline. The Board will hold that hearing somewhere in the Valley. ARB will now submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the State Implementation Plan that designates the Valley in "extreme non-attainment" of the eight hour ozone standard, setting a legally enforceable attainment deadline of 2024. The Air Resources Board recently pledged to achieve a 90 percent compliance with the federal ozone standard by 2018; today's recommendations revisit and strengthen that projection. "We should all praise the hard work and dedication shown by local activists, business members and the air district in trying to fill in this last piece of the puzzle toward cleaning the Valley's air," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Our work will not be done until we attain 100 percent compliance with the federal ozone standard. We'll do our part at the state on trucks and agricultural equipment, and we'll work closely with the district to fast track industrial innovations at the local level." Today's announcement comes on the heels of the efforts of a San Joaquin Valley Task Force comprised of ARB staff, Board members, community activists, business leaders and air district staff. Through a series of meetings throughout the Valley, the task force was able to identify an additional 78 tons of emissions reductions. The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards. ####